Colorado expo offers hemp products, but no seeds or plants allowed

More than 70 vendors will sell hemp-based products in Loveland on Saturday, while dozens of speakers discuss the benefits of the crop on a local, national and global scale.

There will be live artists sketching on hemp paper and stations where kids can make jewelry from hemp materials. But don't expect to find viable hemp seeds or plants for sale.

The second annual NoCo Hemp Expo will take place at The Ranch Events Complex in Larimer County, where the sheriff is in the midst of a legal battle over the constitutionality of Amendment 64, the 2012 measure that made recreational marijuana — and hemp — legal in Colorado.

"Here in Colorado, hemp is 100 percent legal," said Morris Beegle, president of the Colorado Hemp Company and founder of the expo. "We've got extensive regulations set up by the Colorado Department of Agriculture....

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